|Lizard Point – photo Barry Batchelor|
Whether you’re a keen birder happy to watch thousands of special seabirds on migration or you’re relatively new to wildlife and you’d enjoying watching the local seals swimming, feeding, hauled out or ‘bottling’* nearby, there’s something for everyone at Lizard Point.
(*’bottling’ is when a seal rests vertically in the water with just their head poking out from the surface of the sea).
WHAT COULD YOU SEE
|Seal pup Keeley 2014 - photo Terry Thirlaway|
This year we’ve welcomed over 24,000 visitors giving them great views of things like:
|Lizard choughs 2015 - photo Terry Thirlaway|
the resident gulls….and much more.
As well as getting over 24,000 people closer to nature, the wildlife watchpoint also works with the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust , Cornwall Wildlife Trust , RSPB and the BTO to submit wildlife data to national recording programmes.
|Basking Shark - photo Green Fire Productions* |
This year the team of 30 watchpoint volunteers, collected over 3600 wildlife records from 132 different species seen from the watchpoint, and this doesn’t even include the local plant life! Unfortunately not all of our data is accessible online yet, but you can see a full-list of the bird’s that have been seen from Lizard Point on the Bird Track website. Click here and search for grid ref: SW 7011
For a fantastic story of discovery about a rescued seal who had her pup on the Lizard click here
We’re open daily from 10am – 4pm, from April to mid-September (weather permitting) | TR12 7NU.
We are always looking for enthusiastic people to join the team. You don’t need to be an expert, you just need to be friendly and have an interest in wildlife. If that sounds like you, and you’d like to get involved please get in touch: email@example.com
|Lizard Wildlife Watchpoint 2014 - photo Shannon O'Grady|
‘It’s great that we have the chance to talk to so many people about wildlife. What really inspires me is the joy that so many people get from seeing a seal, a basking shark or a chough in real life for the first time….sharing the amazement and the excitement of folks most treasured wildlife experiences never gets old. I love it and always will!’
– Michael, watchpoint volunteer
* Basking Shark - photo Green Fire Productions [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons